Clear the Clutter: Improve Your Health

There are two kinds of people in this world. The kind that has to clean their room before they go to bed or leave the house and the kind that could care less. The one person feels better when things are in place; the less clutter, the clearer the mind. The other person doesn’t see mess, doesn’t mind mess, and can function with clutter. Although these two kinds of people differentiate in functionality and most likely personality, they share a commonality. The understanding that staying organized can lead to health benefits. As it would appear, decluttering, staying organized, at home or at work can actually do our mind and body some good- invigorating our lives in ways we never imagined.

Many of us may have heard about the minimalist lifestyle approach or the “Marie Kondo” Netflix series that has helped many Americans learn how to tidy up their life. But what’s the point? Why can’t we live under our layers of laundry and keep our pointless possessions we felt so inclined to buy at the local garage sale? We’re a mess but a beautiful mess am I right? A mess yes, beautiful, debatable. You see, once you find out about the health benefits you’ll reevaluate your beautiful mess of a life.

How Does Clutter Impact your Health?

Without you even realizing it, clutter slows us down and makes us feel mentally and physically fatigued and ultimately causes stress and anxiety. If we have a cluttered, disorganized living space, the stress of work, family, relationships, and finances are almost impossible to let go of. Similarly, if a workplace is sloppy it can be difficult to get tasks done well and on time. Just sitting in a cluttered room can create stress as the clutter provides a great deal information for the eyes to see. Over time the stress can subtly drain our energy and leave us feeling overwhelmed. Not to mention, long-term stress can lead to an array of chronic illness such as:

How Does Staying Organized Help your Health?

1.     It Can Boost Your Energy Levels

Being organized has the ability to give you the energy boost you need throughout your day. According to WebMD, taking a few minutes to organize your desk at work or put away your clothes at home, can help you work more energetically for the rest of the day. A clear mind can allow you to focus on what you need to do, without worrying about the little things.

2.     Help Your Sleeping Habits

Your boosted energy levels will keep you active until it’s time to hit the sack. But an organized bedroom can affect your sleep more than you realize. Just as you would benefit from keeping your desk clutter free to get your work done, clutter in your room can be stressful, causing you to lose out on precious sleep. According to a survey done by the National Sleep Foundation, people who make their bed are 19 percent more likely to report regularly getting a good night’s rest.

3.     It will Boost your Productivity

Clutter is distracting. Everything you see, your brain processes. So, when you’re trying to focus, a disorganized environment can get in the way. That is of course if you can register what’s around you.

4.     Increased Me Time

If you weren’t looking for your keys or running last-minute errands you would have more time to do the things you like. It’s not rocket science. It’s being organized! Spending your time doing things you want to do reduces your stress and adds to your happiness.

5.     Reduces Stress and Makes You Happier

Lastly, organizing your life helps reduce your stress and anxiety. When we can control the things that we are actually about to control, it makes us feel we have control over our lives. According to Shape, a study conducted from Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin found that people with messy homes were depressed, fatigued, and higher cortisol levels than their counterparts that described their homes at relaxing.